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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-933617-04-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Crossroad Vol. #04

By Julie Rosato     May 02, 2007
Release Date: August 30, 2006

Crossroad Vol.#04
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Shioko Mizuki
Translated by:Kathy Schilling
Adapted by:Mallory Reaves

What They Say
The Toda household continues its epic struggle against the cruel world that threatens to tear it apart!

Kajitsu finds herself at the threshold of womanhood when her teacher offers to tutor her in more than just calligraphy. As she struggles with her conflicted emotions, she discovers her beloved step-brother Natsu has started hanging out with a really hot girl! Does this mean he has a girlfriend?

And to top it all off, elder brother Taro is sneaking around and skimming money from the household funds! Is he the father of a love child, or is there some other shady reason for his behavior?

The Review
Normally pushed to the side for sight gags and comic relief, Taro gets a serious turn in the spotlight this time around. He struggles with his pride when his duty to his new family wars with his concern for his ailing biological mother. But while he's busy re-affirming his love for his new family, there's a storm brewing for his younger siblings. Not only is Kajitsu getting closer (and physical!) with Akai-sensei, but Natsu's sexy classmate Erica puts the moves on him - and he accepts!

In spite of her own attempts to replace Natsu, Kajitsu doesn't take the news about Erica too well. She isn't the only one getting irritated by the rumors flying around though. Hayami, Erica's extremely devoted best friend, is decidedly out of sorts, and then there's Natsu himself - getting a girlfriend may not have been the best way to figure out his feelings for Kajitsu after all. But really, what're they to do; Taro's regard for the family ideal is really putting on the pressure. Neither Natsu nor Kajitsu want to see their family fall apart, but can they really help who they fall in love with? Can relying on a substitute really make them happy?

This volume was a little more serious than the previous, especially with the focus on Taro and his real mother. It was good to see him getting the most development he's had since volume one, as well as some closure on what has undoubtedly been a very painful experience. This plotline sort of came out of left field, thrown in between all the salacious romantic misadventures, but it was nonetheless a nice diversion which proves again that despite all that they've been through in the past, the Toda family has each other to lean on now. Things may be complicated and messy, but it's touching to see their affections take root and hold on so fiercely in so uncertain an environment. Then again, this devotion and unyielding need has made them all so reliant on each other that they are unable to fathom life alone again. Ahh, such emotional struggle! Where would shoujo be without it?


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